This year, we said goodbye to some greats: Schiller’s, DBGB, Angelica Kitchen and Roebling Tea Room among them.
That’s New York. They come, their rents double and they go.
But their absence ushers in some much-needed fresh blood.
Herewith: the 10 restaurant openings that defined NYC in 2017, from a bowl of noodles you’ll want to triple-lindy into to the elegant chophouse that had us saying, “Four Seasons, who?”
Dine on and drink well, people.
Exceptional veg-forward American dining in the Village
Dan Kluger, former Executive Chef at the James Beard-awarded ABC Kitchen, is at the helm of this year’s best seasonal American dining restaurant. Named after Kluger’s Bronx-native father, Loring Place showcases a market-driven bounty with the elevated and unexpected flavor
Little Tong Noodle Shop
Stellar noodles, in a crowded field
The East Village didn’t need another noodle
A new King, crowned
You won’t be surprised by a single thing here. You also won’t be disappointed. The former Four Seasons space — birthplace of the power lunch — was renovated by the party responsible for big hits like Dirty French, Parm and
A new Queen, crowned
Chef de Cuisine Daniela Soto-Innes has taken the city by storm, winning hearts and appetites with Atla’s non-traditional Mexican fare. The food is nonchalant in presentation and service, yet sophisticated in flavor. Case in point: the Duck Carnitas involve a four-day marinating process that involves Mexican Coke (as in Cola). The 60-seat megahit is a guaranteed win for everything from date nights to business lunches.
The NY steakhouse, with a Korean BBQ twist
Cote is the singular restaurant of which every Tom, Dick
Thoughtful curation at its finest
Just when we thought we had had enough of the Nordic craze, there was Denizen. Nothing says perfect date night like this provencial wine and cheese bar. And while cheese might not be a grandiose fare, it is an art form. The team at Denizen are also serving up small plates like kale Caesar with shiitakes, squash with sage and French onion toast. All around simple and sultry. In total, it relieved skepticism about a previously played-out concept — you can open another wine-and-cheese bar, you just have to execute it with excellence.
Pho good it hurts
While baby boomers might not be eating Pho, the rest of the world is diving right in. There’s no arguing with Hanoi’s family-style feasting, with hits like classic Pho Bac with rare filet mignon and Cha Ca turmeric-scented white fish with dill and charred sweet onions, peanuts, sesame crackers, rice paper, ginger and tamarind dipping sauces. The restaurant proved itself as a new St. Mark’s standout, just when we thought the neighborhood might be doomed to turn over altogether.
Superior fare without the white-glove hoopla
The creators of Eleven Madison Park (thankfully) noticed that sometimes you don’t have time for a $295 tasting menu, so they brought you something fast and casual. Saddle up for well-priced favorites like the roast chicken and spring veg salad, quinoa falafel and hangar steak with crispy rice. And for breaking every resolution at once, treat yourself to the milk-and-honey soft serve. A welcome addition, Made Nice brings one-percenter quality to the 99-percent.
Opulent, over-the-top cocktails by way of Chicago
This year, Chicago’s ultra-luxe experimental cocktail bar set up shop in the Mandarin Oriental, establishinga new standard for what bar service should be in New York. The new kid on the block also dishes out high-class bites to the tune of foie gras,
The Illuminati of sushi
So you’ve had enough of the fast-casual craze and demand some elegant, high-end sushi. Right this way to a $120, eight-course tasting menu featuring some of the finest catches from all over the world. Throw in some Roasted Wagyu with Wasabi on the side and pair with